KDE release cycles?

Kevin Krammer krammer at kde.org
Mon Apr 2 12:43:04 BST 2012

On Monday, 2012-04-02, John Woodhouse wrote:
> What would be of more interest to many is pure bug fix releases rather
> than new features. I for instance am running 
> Platform Version 4.6.00 (4.6.0) "release 6" 

That's the first release of the 4.6 series, which itself is one of the minor 
releases so it was allowed to have new features.

Of course new features being allowes doesn't mean some were added or added in 
the sense of new functionality [1].

For example IIRC the current release series (4.8.x) is a "no features added" 
cycle for KDE Platform but I think KDE Workspaces got some.

This, btw, also shows one of the problems of addressing the summary of all KDE 
products with a single name (currently "KDE SC"), since different products 
might have had different focus for a certain period.


[1] at the developer level things like restructuring are also counted as 
features, i.e. usually not allowed in update/patch releases. So it is actually 
more about how much can be changed and where (application code vs. library 
Sometimes user level features are a for-free consequence of a change like 
that, e.g. a change in image loading library because the current one resulted 
in too many bugs, can result in more formats being supported without that 
being the reason for the change.

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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